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BlackBerry Expands Work with AWS to Elevate BlackBerry QNX Foundational Software to the Cloud, Accelerating Time to Market for Mission-Critical Embedded Systems

Tier 1 automotive supplier Marelli trialing offering to help turbocharge software development

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 28, 2022 /CNW/ -- Today, at AWS re:Invent 2022, BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced an extension of its use of Amazon Web Services (AWS) that will make BlackBerry® QNX® technology available to mission-critical embedded systems developers for the first time ever in the cloud, significantly reducing time to market for their products.

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At AWS re:Invent 2022, BlackBerry QNX will demonstrate the company's industry-leading Real Time Operating System (RTOS) along with its artificial intelligence (AI) data platform – BlackBerry IVY™ – running natively on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, powered by AWS Graviton2 processors. The BlackBerry QNX RTOS running in the cloud functions as a cloud-native developer workbench and can be used independently – or in conjunction with – BlackBerry IVY, a cloud connected automotive AI platform co-developed by BlackBerry and AWS.

With the increased power and performance afforded by being able to access the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS in the cloud, industries such as automotive, robotics, medical devices, industrial controls, aerospace and defense and others stand to benefit from reduced development time, while ensuring software reliability through testing, verification, and validation.

"Arming our customers with our foundational QNX software products in the cloud is a game changer for embedded developers as they will have easy access and scale available at their fingertips," said Grant Courville, vice president, Product Management and Strategy, BlackBerry QNX.  "For developers of mission-critical embedded systems, this will help them accelerate collaboration and velocity across the entire product development and deployment lifecycle. With our trusted, industry-leading OS soon to be available on AWS, we're confident the potential for efficiencies and cost savings will resonate across the IoT industry."

For instance, in the automotive industry, the average car now contains more than 100 million lines of code and both consumers and global regulators are driving demand for enhanced features and capabilities. With this, the complexity of the overall in-vehicle electronic architecture continues to grow. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are under enormous pressure to prototype, test, and validate their entire vehicle's software ecosystem while meeting standards for functional safety (ISO 26262) and cybersecurity (ISO 21434). Accessing the AWS-powered, cloud-native BlackBerry QNX RTOS will help address some of these challenges and reduce 'developer friction' by making it possible for automakers to streamline their development efforts as they work to deliver the software-defined vehicles of tomorrow.

As one of the first applications, select customer developers will be able to fully leverage cloud instances of BlackBerry IVY. At AWS re:Invent 2022, the demonstration will show how developers can leverage the cloud to streamline the development, testing, and integration of automotive AI-driven solutions that can then be deployed to run in-vehicle on automotive-grade hardware.

Early access versions of the OS in the Cloud project have been made available to select OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, including Marelli, a leading Tier 1 global automotive supplier, currently trialing the solution in its development of next generation automotive technology.

"The QNX AMI enabled our developers to reduce team ramp-up times significantly and achieve a development agility never experienced before," said Yannick Hoyau, VP – Engineering & Innovation Electronic Systems at Marelli. "It has revolutionized our way of working – we can now test the code that goes into the car - in all its variants - without the need for hardware.  That is the real pivot we were waiting for to help transition to software-defined vehicles. As a Tier 1 supplier, we are proud that MInD-Xp, our Integrated Cockpit DCU, will be among the first on the market to adopt this approach."

"Connecting our partners with other leaders around the technology that is transforming industries is what powers the innovation possible on AWS," said Wendy Bauer, General Manager of AWS Automotive. "Unlocking the potential of the cloud via our Graviton2 processors and seeing the ways companies like BlackBerry are making meaningful change – and helping enable hardware parity in automotive development - is energizing for AWS and the industry at large."

For more information on how BlackBerry QNX can help with building the safe and secure vehicles of tomorrow, please visit: BlackBerry.QNX.com and follow @BlackBerry

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including over 215M vehicles. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety, and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security, endpoint management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

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